County bans all burning
PRESCOTT – Rural Yavapai County residents who enjoy barbecuing on charcoal grills will have to wait until plentiful summer rains arrive.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors instituted a countywide fire ban Monday because of the extreme danger for wildfires right now.
The ban covers all public and private land in the unincorporated areas of the county, meaning areas outside municipalities.
Supervisor Chip Davis made a motion Monday to expand the fire ban to all of the rural parts of the county, instead of just the area around the western part of the Prescott National Forest as the draft resolution contemplated.
The vote to enact the ban was unanimous, with little discussion. No one from the audience commented.
The county resolution prohibits open fires, charcoal grills and stove fires except in developed Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas where the Forest Service charges a fee and provides metal grills.
The draft allows cigarette and other types of smoking "only within enclosed vehicles, buildings or developed recreation sites where the area is cleared of all flammable material."
The fire ban mirrors the one that the Prescott National Forest implemented on May 26, where fires are illegal outside developed fee sites with metal grills.
The City of Prescott and Central Yavapai Fire District often implement fire restrictions about the same time as the county, Prescott Fire Chief Darrel Willis said.
Fire bans haven't started yet inside the Prescott-area municipalities, although all local fire departments have stopped issuing permits for people to burn trash, wood piles and other debris on their property.
Fire restrictions are in effect on a variety of state and federal lands in Arizona.
For more information on fire bans around the region, visit the Regional Info Alert Web site at www.regionalinfo-alert.org, or call 1-877-864-6985.
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